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12 arrested in London for attack on Lt Gen Brar
  2 women among those held   Britain calls assault ‘despicable’

London, October 5
Cracking down on the perpetrators of the "appalling" attack on Lt Gen KS Brar (retd) here, Scotland Yard today arrested eight more persons, taking to 12 the number of those held for the attempted murder of the Operation Bluestar hero.

Among those arrested in connection with the last Sunday attack on 78-year-old Brar in Old Quebec Street near Oxford Street were two women.

The arrests came a day after officers took into custody three men and one woman on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the investigation into the attempted murder of Brar.

"Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command have arrested a further eight people in connection with the investigation into the attempted murder of an Indian man (Brar) in central London on September 30," the Metropolitan Police Service said. It added that three more persons were arrested on immigration matters unrelated to the attempted murder probe.

The statement came as Britain's Foreign Office Minister in-charge of India, Hugo Swire, called the attack on Brar "unacceptable" and "appalling", saying it was of "great concern" to the UK.

"It (the attack on Brar) is of great concern to the United Kingdom. We don't want these people here exporting their terrorist views because they represent a real threat to people in the UK apart from anything else.

"It is regarded as being as unacceptable and despicable as people in India do. These things are taken very seriously by this government. General Brar was appallingly, attacked. It would be wrong for me to comment (further) till we know who the perpetrators are," Swire said.

Meanwhile, the three persons who were arrested on immigration violation charges were nabbed from the same address where some of the suspects were held.

Giving details about today's arrests, police said two persons -- a 42-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman — were arrested at a residential address in Hillingdon borough. The man was held on suspicion of assisting an offender and the woman was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A further three men — aged 42, 37 and 30, respectively — were arrested after a short while on the street on Queensdale Road in Kensington and Chelsea borough on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, the statement said.

Three more persons — aged 32, 31 and 20, respectively — were held at a residential address in Holland Park after a few hours. Two of them were arrested on conspiracy to murder while the third one was held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

"All 15 are in custody at police stations in central London and west London," the Scotland Yard statement said.

A number of search warrants have also been executed in connection with this investigation. Searches are being carried out at a residential address in South Shields, a residential address in Birmingham and two residential addresses in London. The statement said the attack may have caused concern among Indian and Sikh communities. — PTI

Cracking down

All the 12 arrested are in custody at police stations in central and west London

Searches continue in South Shields, Birmingham and London

Detectives from New Scotland Yard investigating the attack as an attempt to murder





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